The current Hughes Way play area

£50,000 allocated to Hughes Way play area upgrade

Money has been set aside for the new financial year by Uckfield Town Council to upgrade the Hughes Way play area and improve a number of facilities around the town.

Councillors approved the budget for 2017/18, which begins in April.

The policy of improving play areas will continue.

A sum of £50,000 was put into a “pot” towards future improvements, with Hughes Way next on the list.

Usually it takes the council a few years to “save up” to pay for improvements but it is possible this small play area may be improved this year.

Improved other play areas

Consultation will need to take place, plans drawn up and tenders received and a contractor approved before any thought can be given to a start date.

In the current financial year, Ridgewood play area was upgraded and before than Hempstead Road.

Weald Hall floor

Money continues to be put aside for a new floor to the Weald Hall in Uckfield Civic Centre.

The £10,000 added in 2017/18 will take the “pot” up to £33,000.

Work on investigating the options continues.

The council continues to build a fund for the improvement of the town centre CCTV.

The coming budget adds £2,000 bringing the total “saved” up to £26,000.

Osborn Hall car park

The Osborn Hall car park, next to the play area in Hempstead Road is in need of re-surfacing.

The council has been given an estimate of around £14,000 to bring it up to scratch and councillors agreed to “put away” £7,000 in the coming year for what it foresees as a two-year project.

A sum of £1,000 was allocated for white-lining the West Park pavilion car park.

Much of the council’s spending is taken up with the day-to-day running of the authority and the maintenance of its assets.

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